Very unusual strong beer which is difficult to find in the UK, but is reasonably common in its native France.
It has a distinctive peaty, smokey flavour, thanks to the use of Scotch Whisky ingredients in its brewing!
"First tasted in Wisconsin in the early 80"s. I sold it in Detroit and Ann Arbor Mich in 1995. Went to France and enjoyed it in 2000. Unable to get it in the U.S. anymore. Great beer, to be enjoyed after a hard day's work as a reward. To me it is a special occasion beer. If it is available in Montreal or Toronto, let me know. With the infusion of very good Belgium triples coming over, I would hope Fischer's brewery would start sending it again. I know a number of people in the Ann Arbor Michigan area that would enjoy this type of beer."
Jim Wood, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 25, 2004
Anchor Steam Beer
Brewed in San Francisco, Anchor Steam can be found in the UK and it is worth the search. Dark and quite bitter, clean tasting and not heavy. Order Anchor Steam Beer online at Tesco.
"Excellent brew, but not brewed with steam. The origin of its name is from the very active fermentation of lager yeast at room temperature. Thus when the wooden kegs were tapped in the old days, the initial opening resulted in "steam".
Oli, Santa Cruz, California, USA
From the Arran Brewery
in the Isle of Arran, Scotland, comes Arran Blonde.
Skiv of Glasgow says: "floral hop aroma. A subtle, well balanced finish. A pale golden beer, clear tasting, in a Continental style"
Arran Red Squirrel
Arran Red Squirrel doesn't seem to be listed at the moment on the Arran Brewery website
Skiv of Glasgow has tried it and says: "Reddish brown beer with nutty aroma and deep malty palate. Good balance of malt & hop with suggestions of liquorice and burnt toffee in the finish."
Popular German beer with a clean crisp flavour backed by the assurance of the old German purity laws.
Bernard Special Dark Beer
With a distinctive swivel-top like Grölsch, Bernard Special Dark Beer is a Czech black lager, with a distinctive flavour. Tesco sometimes have it in stock.
James Boag's Premium Lager
It is really hard to put your finger on what is so special about James Boag, all the way from Tasmania. It just has a tremendous balance and a crisp clean flavour - wonderful.
James Boag's St George
An ideal lager-type beer for those who don't like their beer bitter, again from James Boag in Tasmania. St George has interesting citrus notes to its full flavour. Difficult to find in the UK.
BrewDog 5am Saint
American red ale, brewed by www.brewdog.com
based in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
BrewDog Elvis Juice
Brewed by www.brewdog.com
based in Ellon, Aberdeenshire. It has a hint of grapefruit in the brew. This beer got the brewing company into a bit of trouble with the estate of the famous singer of the same name. Unphased, the Brewdog directors changed their names by deed poll to Elvis.
BrewDog Kingpin Lager
Lager with flavour and attitude brewed by www.brewdog.com
based in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
Brewed in Brugge in Belgium, a chilled Brugse Blond on a hot day is just heaven!
Not very flattering to the people of Brugge in Belgium, because it takes its name from their nick-name Brugse Zotten (Brugse fools)! It's a traditional top-fermenting beer that is re-fermented in the bottle. There is a real aromatic flavour imparted by the hops.
The American Budweiser (not the original Czech Budweiser) seems to be conquering the world along with Miller.
It is light (in both colour and taste) with a rather insipid flavour. On a hot day, I'd grab an ice cold Bud willingly... but only if there was absolutely nothing else available!
This is the original Budweiser. The Czech Budweiser (you know, the Budweiser that actually has some flavour)! The Czechs know how to make beer and this is one of the best. (For any American readers, Czech Budvar is sold in the USA as Czechvar.)Order Budweiser Budvar online at Tesco.
"Budvar... now you're talking real beer."
Budweiser Budvar Premium Dark Lager
You can also get Budweiser Budvar's Dark Lager occasionally in this country. Very good it is too. You get the taste of roasted malt giving a slightly caramel aftertaste.
The Danes are famous for butter, bacon and.... beer! Carlsberg! Get your Carlsberg order in now online.
Why drink British or US beer or lager with an Indian meal when you can have the real thing - Cobra Indian beer!
Order Cobra online at Tesco
A great Mexican beer. For a touch of authenticity try it with a slice of lime. Order your Corona Extra
Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier
is is a slightly cloudy wheat beer which is still fermented in the bottle, in the traditional way. Brewed in strict with the Bavarian Purity Law, Erdinger Weissbier
has a refreshing taste with slightly aromatic hops. You can buy Erdinger Weissbier
at online prices.
Estrella is Catalan beer and very good it is too. Pop into a Barcelona supermarket and buy a six pack and just weep at the price (it's so cheap!).
The Ozzies are famous for their beers, but the one that is best known worldwide is Fosters! Get your Fosters now, delivered to your door!
"Great Lakes is a brewing company that carries quite a versatile selection of beers. All of them have won many an award and the greatest way to experience the bulk of it is the sampler pack. Many of the brews are seasonal and thus are not always readily available but those that are should not be overlooked. Every beverage produced by great lakes is of great quality, flavour, texture, and they even offer what foods should be eaten while drinking each delicious beer. A must try for anyone who loves a good selection and great taste."
ElPresidente, Pittsburgh, May 10, 2005
became famous for its green swing top bottle, but more normally now comes in standard bottles and cans. But the taste is the same! Get your Grolsch
Great... but ONLY if it is the genuine Dutch-brewed item! With the British-brewed Heineken now a gladly-fading memory, that should be the case for all Heineken in the UK!
Order Heineken online at Tesco
Herold Bohemian Black Lager
Wonderful black lager with an interesting smoky, toasted finish to its fullsome flavour.
Probably the best-known of the Belgian "white beers", Hoegarden is slightly cloudy with the white yeast remaining from secondary fermentation and its distinctive flavour is enhanced by the subtle addition of corriander.
Holsten Pils is the distinctive golden German beer with a refreshing taste.
Innis and Gunn
Innis and Gunn may almost be a lager in colour, but it is somewhere around a pale ale style. Very smooth, rounded flavour.
"Quite amazing - Innis and Gunn is the best beer you will ever taste. Edinburgh ale matured for 30 days in American white oak casks (casks are then used for whisky) is then matured for a further 47 days. Natural carbonation - not added gas. Taste: Vanilla/toffee. Strength - 6.6% ABV. Once you have tried this - you will never ever drink" Lerxst, Aberdeen
John Smith's Original
Rightly popular English Bitter with traditional pub flavour and - thanks to that widget in the can - a pub head!
A lager beer produced in Alsace, using Champagne yeast. The result is a very clean,very crisp flavoured beer. Buy Kasteel Cru